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    Post any/some

    Wow after all these years it seems like a labyrinth to be abe to post a question on this forum!
    I swear I have been on other threads to see if my question had been posted before but, alas, due to my ignorance I didn't find anything....so here goes......"Which is correct?: I forgot to buy some bread OR I forgot to buy any bread?" Thank you!!!

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    Re: any/some

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    Hello, Queenbu:

    Here is the opinion of one expert:

    "We use any in affirmative clauses after words that have a negative ... meaning."

    His example: "I forgot to get any bread." [My note: "to forget" has a negative meaning.]



    James


    That expert is Michael Swan in his Practical English Usage (1995 edition).

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    Re: any/some

    For me, they both work, as does "I forgot to get bread!"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: any/some

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Queenbu:

    Here is the opinion of one expert:

    "We use any in affirmative clauses after words that have a negative ... meaning."

    His example: "I forgot to get any bread." [My note: "to forget" has a negative meaning.]



    James


    That expert is Michael Swan in his Practical English Usage (1995 edition).
    page 548....I've got the book

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    #5

    Re: any/some

    I agree with emsr2d2.

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    Re: any/some

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    Hello, Queenbu:

    As the moderator reminded us, both "some" and "any" would be correct in such a sentence.

    1. Here is what one scholar reminds us [emphasis is mine]:

    [I]t would be inaccurate to posit a rule converting some to any in negatives. ... This is because some can also occur in [some negative sentences]."


    My translation: It would not be accurate to say that the negative always requires "any."

    Source: Roderick A. Jacobs, English Syntax / A Grammar for English Language Professionals (1995).

    2. Another scholar gives these GREAT examples:

    a. "The shop was closed so I couldn't buy any biscuits."

    b. "The shop was closed so I couldn't buy some biscuits."

    He explains that the difference is "slight." He says that some "draws more attention to the intention [plan] that I had to buy some [biscuits]."


    Source: Rodney Huddleston, Introduction to the Grammar of English (1984).




    James

    P.S. Let's say that I went to the supermarket with the intention to buy some delicious broccoli but that I forgot to. While walking home with my groceries, I might suddenly think: "OMG! I forgot to buy some broccoli. I must return to the store right now."

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